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The big news: How are Ayodhya case and general elections connected, asks PM, and 9 other top stories

Other headlines: The United States is set to recognise Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel, and markets slid ahead of the RBI’s monetary policy meeting.

A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Narendra Modi criticises Kapil Sibal for asking Supreme Court to defer Ayodhya hearing to 2019: JNU cancelled Subramanian Swamy’s talk on the Ayodhya controversy even as security was heightened countrywide on the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. 
  2. US President Donald Trump to formally recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli Capital: The move breaks away from decades of policy, which called for negotiations between Israel and Palestine to decide the status of the city. 
  3. Sensex, Nifty slide further ahead of outcome of RBI’s monetary policy meeting: The central bank is expected to keep interest rates unchanged, in view of rising inflation.  
  4. Max Hospital did not conduct ECG to check whether babies were alive, finds government panel: The committee will submit its final report to Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain later this week.  
  5. UK security agencies say they thwarted plot to assassinate British Prime Minister Theresa May: Two men, detained and charged with ‘the intention of committing acts of terrorism’ last week, will appear in a London court on Wednesday.  
  6. Uttar Pradesh government cancels public holiday to commemorate BR Ambedkar’s death anniversary: In a circular, the Lucknow district magistrate said December 6 had been included in the list of public holidays erroneously.
  7. Cyclone Ockhi dissipates before making landfall in Gujarat: North coastal Maharashtra and Gujarat may receive only light rain on Wednesday, according to Skymet Weather.  
  8. Google withdraws YouTube from Amazon’s Echo Show and Fire TV devices: The tech giant is unhappy with the Jeff Bezos-led company for not consulting it before building a different version of the video app on both gadgets.  
  9. Should an accused cleared of rape charges be called a ‘rape case survivor’, asksspecial Pocso judge: ‘No one discusses the honour and dignity of a man as all are only fighting for the rights, honour and dignity of women,’ Nivedita Anil Sharma said.
  10. 12 million babies in South Asia are exposed to air pollution six times the safe limit, says Unicef report: The study, released a day after the first International Smog Day, said these children, under a year old, face the risk of poor brain development.  
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